‘Cricket was my life’ – Kieran’s comeback joy

PUBLISHED: 14:00 26 July 2016

Kieran Chapman is back in action after a broken leg.

Kieran Chapman is back in action after a broken leg.

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A young cricketer from Weston-super-Mare has been back out in the middle this month after breaking his leg in a car crash in October.

Kieran Chapman, aged 17, of Addicot Road, suffered a clean break to his femur in an M4 crash which claimed the life of team-mate Ashley Doyle.

All-rounder Kieran is still suffering the after-effects of his injuries, but has now returned to action for Uphill Castle Cricket Club, where he is the reigning young player of the year after making his first-team debut last season.

He said: “Before the injury cricket was my life, so not being able to play for so long was hard to take.”

Kieran was part of a team which powered Castle Thunder to the ECB Under-19s club of the year award in 2015. He resumed playing against Congresbury Cobras on July 8.

He said: “Walking out in Uphill colours was honestly the best feeling. I had a few tears in my eyes when I was walking out to play.”

Uphill’s Under-19s manager Ade Gardener said: “Kieran’s return is a massive lift for the club. It’s great to have one of our rising stars back on the pitch.

“After some truly dark times, it’s great to see the club moving forward and rebuilding.

“The Under-19s competition is something truly special to us now, and Kieran and this group of lads do the club proud every time they represent the Castle.”

Kieran and the Thunder play this Friday against rivals Weston.


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